Feb. 11: Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested on a weapons charge. Police said they found a loaded firearm in a Mercedes-Benz occupied by Lynch and two other men. Lynch has now been suspended by the NFL. Click through the gallery to see more athletes in trouble with the law.
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April 5: Free agent Reggie Williams was charged with possession of a controlled substance after cops allegedly found cocaine in his back pocket.
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April 5: Los Angeles Clippers forward Zach Randolph was arrested for investigation of drunken driving.
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April 3: Gigi Becali, left, the owner of Steaua Bucharest, was arrested on charges of kidnapping three men who allegedly stole his car earlier this year.
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March 25: Former Michigan State and Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers, here in a file photo, was sent to prison after a probation violation.
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March 21: Raiders offensive tackle and Super Bowl XXXVII champ Cornell Green was arrested on a domestic violence charge in Florida. Tampa police say Green struck the mother of his two children with an aluminum mop handle.
March 20: Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn was charged with assault causing bodily injury for allegedly punching a cabbie.
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March 16: Former Lakers star Norm Nixon was arrested for investigation of drunken driving after cops allegedly smell alcohol coming from his car.
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March 16: Nets forward Sean Williams was arrested for suspicion of disorderly conduct and felony criminal mischief after an incident at a cell phone store.
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March 14: A car driven by Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth struck and killed a 59-year-old pedestrian in Miami. Stallworth now faces DUI manslaughter charges.
Smith reports, via sources, that an announcement is expected as early as Thursday afternoon and that Lynch will appeal the suspension.
None of this is surprising, of course. In today's NFL, if you have two criminal brushes in the span of 365 days, you can expect a suspension, particularly if those charges involve the phrases "striking a female pedestrian with a car" and "carrying a concealed weapon."
For the Bills, this news couldn't come at a worse time; they're focusing on shoring up other areas in this month's NFL Draft and yet, suddenly find themselves with one suspended running back and another member of the backfield -- Fred Jackson -- unhappy with his contract situation.
In other words, Lynch's troubles might not totally alter the 2009 NFL Draft, but his suspension certainly isn't bad news for prospects like Beanie Wells, Knowshon Moreno and Donald Brown, who are hoping to see their first-round value boosted.